Electric Circuit And VERnetwork Partnership

The two largest Canadian electric vehicle charging station networks have agreed to work together.

Quebec’s Electric Circuit and the VERnetwork have announced that they will soon offer total interoperability.

This means drivers with an access card for either system will soon be able to use it on both. Electric Circuit members will gain access to the 150 VERnetwork stations in Québec, on top of the 400 stations in their current network.

SEE ALSO: More Charging Stations For The Electric Circuit

The VERnetwork is the largest charging network in Canada, having more than 700 stations, both public and private, connected and managed remotely.

Both companies stated the interoperability of the two networks will be implemented in 2015 in three stages, as follow:

1. In June, members of both networks will be able to use their cards to charge their vehicles at both Electric Circuit and VERnetwork stations.

2. In July, the Electric Circuit and VERnetwork mobile apps will be able to display the stations in both networks and provide all the features currently available in either of the applications (log-in, start-up, real-time tracking of charging, and more).

3. In the fall, all the stations and their status will be displayed on both the Electric Circuit and the VERnetwork Web sites.

Each network will maintain its rates for its stations.

The interoperability between both networks will be an easy task to plan hardware-wise as both networks use chargers built by Canadian EV charging stations builder AddÉnergie.

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GM Makes Surprise Announcement – 240 mpg Chevy Amphibian

NEW YORK – Today General Motors announced the 2016 Chevrolet Amphibian (abbreviated Amp), a new four door hatch back built specifically for export to oil-producing nations.

Designed to leapfrog all other cars on the road today, the new hatchback from Chevy has truly astonishing performance figures. In the hands of an enlightened commuter, the sleek-looking Amphibian is able do 240 mpg and can travel more than 2,160 miles on a single 9 gallon tank of normal gasoline. This gives the Amp the largest range and lowest cost per mile of any car on the road today!

As its name suggests, the Amp is not just a city slicker. Built Chevy Tough, the Amphibian can frolic from the frozen mud and snow of a Yukon ice road to the bog roads of Alberta to the searing beaches of Saudi Arabia.

How did GM do it?

After a bit of behind the scene prodding the author uncovered the Amphibians incredible secret. In true over achiever fashion, GM has embraced Oil sands extraction technology by going one step further.

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The 2016 Chevy Amphibian has a miniature gasoline refinery packed into the car itself. If plugged into a normal 120-volt household outlet over night, the Amphibian can produce and store a gallon of gasoline. This gas is produced using less than a $1 worth of electricity by sucking the background pollution right out of the air in your garage. This reclaimed gasoline is then stored in a special sealed container in the car separate from its regular nine-gallon gas tank.

That’s right, the Chevy Amphibian produces gasoline for only $1 per gallon using nothing more than electricity and the smog-filled air around you! This cuts the cost of that first gallon to one-quarter normal U.S. and Canadian pump prices and as an added benefit the air in your neighborhood gets cleaner every night the Amp is plugged in!

The EPA doesn’t really seem to know what to do with a car that both produces and consumes gasoline and its MPG rating reflects this confusion.

The Amp is suitable for severe Canadian winters as well.

The Amp is suitable for severe Canadian winters as well.

GM states that on the road the 2016 Amphibian will achieve an estimated EPA rating of 50 miles on the first gallon, 40 mpg after that. This is due to the higher quality gasoline created by the cars mini refinery. The gasoline produced by the onboard mini-refinery is so good it has zero exhaust emissions when burned and even allows the car to run silently! Each day, once the first gallon created by the Amphibian is used, it reverts to burning the gasoline sold at four times the price by the oil industry. To keep its R&D costs down GM has used same layout, body work and parts as its stable mate, the Chevy Volt.

If the driver takes just 10 seconds a day to plug-in the car, the Amphibians MPG rating can soar. Utilizing the Amphibians incredible ability to create high quality gasoline, some early test drivers have reported augmenting a single tank of oil industry produced gasoline to a range of more than 5000 miles.

As for when the car will arrive, GM is only saying that Canadian customers will see the car first in “the second half of 2015″ – which looks like it will be undergoing a traditional product cycle and we will be seeing the car around August.

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Pricing as one would expect is also a mystery at the moment. However, GM has strongly hinted at a starting MSRP of less than $35,000 plus destination delivery cost, a price typical of a luxury hatchback of this size.

The Amp is expected to be a huge sales success in the U.S> and especially in Canada due to the tax incentives available to oil producers. Just like the larger oil companies, Canadian purchasers, who order a new Amphibian through a shell company in Alberta are eligible for a 100-percent tax deduction. Note: Assumes you follow industry standard accounting principles of back dating the transaction to 2010 and accelerated depreciating of the “production equipment” under the current Alberta well head Tax Incentive program. Similar incentives are available in other oil exporting nations. The Canadian tax deduction expires in 2017, so hurry and order your Amphibian today!

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BMW 535d Named 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, BMW Recognized as Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

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The BMW 535d is the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, according to readers of The Diesel Driver magazine, and BMW is the 2015 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year.

The Bimmer received 16.5% of 12,131 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver and BMW, as car manufacturer, garnered 31.5% of the vote.

The votes came from over 98 countries. Over 83% percent of the votes were cast by readers in the United States, 11% came from Canada, and 5.5% were from the European continent.

“The BMW 535d combines great fuel economy, excellent handling, and superb passenger comfort in a large sedan,” said Jonathan Spira, editor of The Diesel Driver, in presenting the award to BMW of North America, at the 2015 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

It was some 20 years ago that the late Greg Spira, a co-founder of The Diesel Driver magazine, created the Internet Baseball Awards, convinced that fans would make the best jurors. It was with this in mind that he helped create the readers choice Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year and Diesel Car of the Year awards that have become widely accepted for recognizing the best diesel-powered offerings in the United States year after year.

Each year, The Diesel Driver’s readers select the Diesel Car of the Year and bestow recognition on the top three diesel automobiles offered in the U.S. For the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, jurors (magazine readers) chose from among 25 passenger vehicles and SUVs. Criteria ranged from fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions to performance, handling, styling, comfort, and the overall package.

In Diesel Car of the Year balloting, second place was earned by the Volkswagen Passat TDI, which won in 2013. The BMW 328d placed third. For the Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year Award in 2015, second place was taken by Volkswagen and third by Mercedes-Benz.

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BMW 535d Named 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, BMW Recognized as Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

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The BMW 535d is the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, according to readers of The Diesel Driver magazine, and BMW is the 2015 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year.

The Bimmer received 16.5% of 12,131 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver and BMW, as car manufacturer, garnered 31.5% of the vote.

The votes came from over 98 countries. Over 83% percent of the votes were cast by readers in the United States, 11% came from Canada, and 5.5% were from the European continent.

“The BMW 535d combines great fuel economy, excellent handling, and superb passenger comfort in a large sedan,” said Jonathan Spira, editor of The Diesel Driver, in presenting the award to BMW of North America, at the 2015 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

It was some 20 years ago that the late Greg Spira, a co-founder of The Diesel Driver magazine, created the Internet Baseball Awards, convinced that fans would make the best jurors. It was with this in mind that he helped create the readers choice Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year and Diesel Car of the Year awards that have become widely accepted for recognizing the best diesel-powered offerings in the United States year after year.

Each year, The Diesel Driver’s readers select the Diesel Car of the Year and bestow recognition on the top three diesel automobiles offered in the U.S. For the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, jurors (magazine readers) chose from among 25 passenger vehicles and SUVs. Criteria ranged from fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions to performance, handling, styling, comfort, and the overall package.

In Diesel Car of the Year balloting, second place was earned by the Volkswagen Passat TDI, which won in 2013. The BMW 328d placed third. For the Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year Award in 2015, second place was taken by Volkswagen and third by Mercedes-Benz.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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BMW 535d Named 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, BMW Recognized as Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year

DSC_0231

The BMW 535d is the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, according to readers of The Diesel Driver magazine, and BMW is the 2015 Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year.

The Bimmer received 16.5% of 12,131 votes cast by readers of The Diesel Driver and BMW, as car manufacturer, garnered 31.5% of the vote.

The votes came from over 98 countries. Over 83% percent of the votes were cast by readers in the United States, 11% came from Canada, and 5.5% were from the European continent.

“The BMW 535d combines great fuel economy, excellent handling, and superb passenger comfort in a large sedan,” said Jonathan Spira, editor of The Diesel Driver, in presenting the award to BMW of North America, at the 2015 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

It was some 20 years ago that the late Greg Spira, a co-founder of The Diesel Driver magazine, created the Internet Baseball Awards, convinced that fans would make the best jurors. It was with this in mind that he helped create the readers choice Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year and Diesel Car of the Year awards that have become widely accepted for recognizing the best diesel-powered offerings in the United States year after year.

Each year, The Diesel Driver’s readers select the Diesel Car of the Year and bestow recognition on the top three diesel automobiles offered in the U.S. For the 2015 Diesel Car of the Year, jurors (magazine readers) chose from among 25 passenger vehicles and SUVs. Criteria ranged from fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions to performance, handling, styling, comfort, and the overall package.

In Diesel Car of the Year balloting, second place was earned by the Volkswagen Passat TDI, which won in 2013. The BMW 328d placed third. For the Diesel Car Manufacturer of the Year Award in 2015, second place was taken by Volkswagen and third by Mercedes-Benz.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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Autonomous Acura RLX Tested In San Francisco Bay Area

Honda started testing its autonomous driving tech in California.

The company has commenced testing of its automated and connected vehicle technology at the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS) in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Under the terms of an agreement between Honda, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the City of Concord, Honda will use the newly branded “GoMentum Station” test-bed site at the CNWS to advance its technologies.

SEE ALSO: Honda Picks Turbo Over Hybrid For 2018 CR-Z Coupe

Honda added it also plans to participate in a consortium committed to making Contra Costa County home to a premier testing facility for automated drive technologies.

The GoMentum Station, a 5,000-acre facility, is the largest secure test-bed of its kind, located at the CNWS; it contains 20 miles of paved, city-like roadway grids, buildings and other urban infrastructure. Honda believes it will be providing a realistic environment that will help accelerate the development of automated and connected vehicle technologies.

The CNWS was officially closed in 2007 and is currently in the process of being transferred to the City of Concord.

The public will not have access to the test-bed site, and the automated vehicle testing will be restricted to GoMentum Station.

For its testing and development, Honda will use modified versions of Acura’s flagship RLX sedan.

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What Do We Really Want in a Modern Lincoln?

There’s a brouhaha right now between designers for Lincoln and Bentley over the new Lincoln Continental design, which is a shame because the American luxury maker is loved by many of us…but since the mid-’70s seems unable to make vehicles that enthusiasts find desirable.

Because this is Petrolicious, it’s worth exploring design nuances all of us appreciate, and it’s also a chance to explore some of the strong heritage that Lincoln could have drawn upon.

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Scion iM Blends Efficiency and Sportiness

NEW YORK – It’s not a hot hatch, and not a hybrid, but Scion’s 2016 iM does tout a $20,000 entry point, respectable fuel economy and sportiness.

Powered by a Corolla-inspired 137 horsepower “Valvematic” 1.8-liter DOHC four, the automaker says it expects 37 mpg highway – down a bit from the 42-mpg iA sedan also launched tonight on the eve of the New York auto show, and unlisted are the city and combined figures.

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Standard “for driving purists” is a six-speed manual for the vehicle derived from the European-market Toyota Auris, and optional is a CVTi-S automatic with seven simulated stepped gear change points and a “sport” mode.


SEE ALSO: Scion iM Concept Slated For Los Angeles Debut

Rubber on the road is sizable for this class, at 225/45R17 on standard alloys.

Targeted at “young buyers” – or anyone on a budget – Scion promises a fun factor, plenty of connectivity and infotainment including a 7-inch Pioneer Display Audio with six speakers.

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A 4.2-inch color TFT multi-information display also shows what’s going on, and safety wise, the iM has eight standard airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag and a front passenger seat cushion airbag as well as high-strength steel and structural reinforcements.

The iM will be available this fall in “monospec” trim meaning it’s pretty well packed at the promised price point.
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Scion’s First Sedan Boasts 37 MPG and $16,000 MSRP

NEW YORK – Scion’s first-ever sedan promises to be as easy on the wallet when fueling the car as it is buying it new.

With the Scion iA, Toyota’s subdivision includes in its “monospec” trim a 1.5-liter four – no hybridization – but still expected fuel economy of 33 mpg city, 42 highway, 37 combined from the vehicle estimated to be priced at $16,000 when it goes on sale this fall.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Non-Hybrid Cars – 2014

That mpg is good enough to place it well in the top-10 most efficient non-hybrids, and the 106-horsepower mill will be available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

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Scion says lots of safety is baked in, including a standard Low-speed Pre-collision safety system that uses a laser sensor to help the driver avoid collisions and a chassis built with increased content of high-tensile steel.

As an entry level car, suspension is Macpherson strut front and torsion beam rear.

The “I” in “iA” says its maker, “suggests individual, intriguing” and the vehicle with 60/40 rear split fold-down seats and relatively good space utilization is also touted as reasonably fun to drive.

Amenities include a 7-inch infotainment screen with voice recognition.

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“Hardly ‘entry level,’ the standard 7-in. Display Audio system has a touch screen, 6 speakers, remote interface and rear-view camera. Pandora, Aha and Stitcher come standard, too, providing a huge music, talk and podcast universe when paired with a compatible phone,” says Scion.

Along with the launch of the iA, Scion revealed the iM in New York on the eve of the New York International Auto Show.
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2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder: This Is It

A few years ago, Porsche introduced the Boxster Spyder, a lightweight hardcore version of their entry level roadster with a tent for a roof. People loved it. And now, with the gorgeously wonderful Cayman GT4, an open topped hardcore variant has returned. Welcome back, Boxster Spyder.

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